By Eoin English
Six people have been taken to hospital after a seven-car pile-up on Cork's main ring road.
The accident happened just before 5pm on the east-bound ramp for the N40 South Ring Rd, just off the Kinsale Road roundabout.
Gardaí and several units of Cork City Fire brigade rushed to the scene.
A fleet of ambulances ferried the injured to Cork University Hospital.
Traffic has been severely disrupted and gardai are still at the scene.
CORK: Multi-vehicle collision, e'bound on ramp for N40 South Ring at J6 Kinsale. Gardai at scene. Delays on approach. http://t.co/qvBPcgxUj8— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) October 26, 2014
Within an hour, gardai had to respond to another crash on the westbound lane of the N25 Waterford to Cork road, approaching the Dunkettle roundabout.
CORK: Collision on the N25 Cork/ Waterford Rd westbound approaching the Dunkettle Interchange. Gardai at scene. http://t.co/qvBPcgxUj8— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) October 26, 2014
CORK Collision moved to hard shoulder on N25 Cork/ Waterford Rd westbound at the Dunkettle Interchange http://t.co/7WDJoJxekI— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) October 26, 2014